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Whether you want to escape the summer city with your besties and stay in a couple of beautiful tipis in a secluded location , getaway in Autumn with your significant other …. or maybe one of your chums has had a whirlwind proposal and you are tasked with organising a Hen-do THIS SUMMER! (I know, right?!)
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After the recent news of the slow ease of restrictions, we are now ever more hopeful for the summer. Therefore, in our book, that means we need a drink – or drinks – to celebrate! Check out our guide to the boozier side of the Isle of Wight before giving our cocktail the ‘Wylde Meadow Fizz’ a try… Maybe for the weekly zoom with the girls or, if you haven’t got one scheduled, do it now and share this with them.
The Isle of Wight provides the perfect backdrop for all types of holiday but one thing they all have in common is the need for a decent tipple. It’d be rude not to sample the local delicacies when visiting a place. The Island is home to a thriving food and drink scene with a huge selection of local, high quality, products. Why not visit the source and see where they’re made, and check out the local establishments that sell them?
Go directly to the source – see where and how it’s made…
Isle of Wight Distillery, near Ryde – home of Mermaid Gin. Go and see where the gin is made and how, then have a drink in The Mermaid Bar. Immerse yourselves in the world of spirits and learn the best serve, with views of the stills. Whether a gin aficionado or novice, the distillery’s talks and tastings give remarkable access and unrivalled insight into the distillation process.
We also have a really fun ‘Gin Experience’ picnic on our books for those gin fanatics!
Boojum & Snark, Sandown – a taproom, pico-brewery, art gallery and micro-museum named after a Lewis Carrol poem penned while he was staying in Sandown. The Island’s first and only dedicated craft beer taproom. With beers on tap from many small and super-craft breweries, they also produce their own beer made on their diddy Brewmagic electric kit. So get a dose of culture as you browse the gallery’s exhibits and enjoy one of the many beers available.
Adgestone Vineyard, near Sandown – offers the full grape to glass experience, with guided audio tours around the 10 acre site amongst the huge variety of vines. Learning about all aspects of viticulture, the growing season and some interesting history leading up to the successful modern English wines. Then it’s on to the cellar to see where the magic happens and wine is made. The tour finishes with you learning some expert sommelier tips and tricks in the wine tasting session, where you’ll sample the wines and can pick the brains of the expert staff.
Cocktails and Fizz – where to get a round in
Drunken Lobster, Ventnor – The newest kid on the block from the Smoking Lobster team, who are also opening a new site in Cowes. The Drunken lobster, though – perhaps as the name suggests – is very much about the cocktails. Choose from their expertly designed cocktail list with that all important Asian twist. Accompanied by chef-made Asian light bites on their tapas style menu. They even have a private room you can hire for you and your group to get a truly exclusive dining experience.
Artisan, Ryde – Artisan is known for their very own dedicated gin and cocktail lounge alongside the main bar. Here, sit back and enjoy as the Artisan resident mixologist mixes you up something special, or talks you through the vast gin list, making sure you can enjoy the perfect tipple. You can hire out the lounge for your own private group where they even offer the opportunity to have your own cocktail masterclass.
Gastronomy, Cowes – known more for their tasty culinary delight – the locals of Cowes know that Gastronomy has their own dedicated cocktail list that is as tasty as the food they serve. They like to make the classics but with their own unique twist, such the Cinnamon Spiced Espresso Martini, the Pineapple and Stormy Cocktail, and the Rum and Passionfruit Iced Tea, to name but a few. Stay for dinner and you won’t be disappointed.
Isle of Wight Made – drink like a local
Isle of Wight Cocktail Company – Wight Lady Martini is one of the creations from the magician mixologists of the Isle of Wight Cocktails Company, who are known for their iconic Old Fashioned, Espresso Martini, and Bloody Hell Mary, among others. The Wight Lady Martini is a gin based cocktail with just 3 simple ingredients to make a perfectly balanced drink with a clean finish and a smooth and silky head.
We often include these amazing cocktails in our packages!
Tipsy Wight – Wild Mint & Cucumber Vodka Liqueur is made from three fairly unusual and flavoursome cucumber varieties (Sumter, Vectina and Alibi) blended with wild mint all grown in the gardens of the Tipsy Wight farm to produce a delicious and refreshing taste for the summer. Serve neat over ice, or make into a longer drink by pairing with a tonic or a soda.
Goddards Planet Lager – The Island’s first Vegan lager is also gluten free, from the Island’s longest established brewery. Brewed using local malted ‘Planet’ barley, Pilsner and Vienna malt, lightly hopped with an enticing mix of new and old world hops. It has a dry, crisp & clean flavour with an aromatic expression of fruity and herbal notes. Goddards are more famously known for their ales but Planet Lager is pretty special.
So now you fancy a little something yes? Here’s our very own Wyldesistas cocktail recipe!
Wylde Meadow Fizz (Serves 1)
all of the experiences and venues above can be included in your Wyldesistas getaway
So, we can’t really do a lot right now, but we can dream about what we would rather be doing. It’s important to have things to look forward to – to excite us beyond this smog of days that blur from one to the next. Before the pandemic there were a lot of experiences that we took for granted, and it has forced all of us to take stock of the important things in life…
Being social and able to spend time with more than one of your mates is one of the biggest things that we’ve been missing. WyldeSistas are here to make those longing dreams into reality with a range of tailored Island escapes. Our ethos, after all, is about getting together with the girls to make long-lasting memories in your own Island paradise. Check out our menu for your WyldeSistas girls-getaway…
Assemble the tribe!
Who are your Amazonian sisters? Who’s got the best campfire stories, remembers to pack the chocolate and who do you just plain miss the sight of? Your art group, your hens, your netball team – anything goes at WyldeSistas. We believe friendship and sisterhood are key factors to wellness and an enriched life; something we’ve all been desperately missing!
Pick from the unique accommodation
The team behind WyldeSistas – Owner Helen was also founder of one of the UK’s first glamping businesses, Vintage Vacations, but is more recently known for providing amazing eco retreats at Tiny Homes Holidays. Having spent 18 years working on tailored holiday experiences Helen and team are dedicated to providing distinctive holidays. You and the girls can choose from a truly distinctive selection of bespoke accommodations designed to suit a range of budgets.
There’s accommodation to suit all types of traveller, whether you’re a glamping chicksta, a true soul sista or an eco hedonista there’ll be something here for you and your crew. Choose from a selection of unique retro-styled heritage buildings, our range of glamping options or …….
The Mission; a converted tin tabernacle with hovering mezzanine bedrooms.
Scout Hall, as the name suggests this building was formerly an old scout hut equipped to sleep larger groups in style.
The Shack by the sea is the tiny seaside escape that provides a more boutique option.
Vintage Airstream Caravans, glamp in style in a restored Airstream caravan
British Vintage Caravans, Debbie or Gloria provide a lo-fi in style experience
Tipis and Bell tents, pitched in a beautiful location enjoy the outdoors.
Tiny Homes eco cabins; these geometric homes, each with individual architecturally stunning designs offer an eco-conscious option for the aspiring Greta Thunbergs and Mari Copenys among us.
New accommodation is regularly added to the books …….
The adventures to be had…
WyldeSistas is about having fun with the girls. It’s a package holiday with a twist; choose from a range of unique outdoors activities, crafty workshops and wellness experiences.
You can get in touch with your inner goddess and take part in a floristry workshop, then head back to the Tiny Homes for a movie night with your fave flick, popcorn and sweet treats.
Feeling outdoorsy? We’ve got tree climbing and paddle boarding, and if you’re feeling those creative juices, give the meditative art class and pottery painting a go. Once you’ve exercised your body and mind, wind down with a sound bath followed by a spa treatment.
Feeding the flock
As well as providing you with all the hot tips on local eateries (and places to get the drinks in of course!). We have a range of catering options that have been designed to suit a range of budgets and can be tailored for various dietary requirements. We do breakfast hampers that are included in all of our packages, so the most important meal of the day is covered. Book a self-catered BBQ pack and enjoy dining al fresco, or, if you’re not feeling the urge to cook, pick from our selection of homemade ready meals. Larger groups might like the option of hiring in a food truck for the evening, for which we have a number of recommendations.
We can’t wait to see our nearest and dearest and get back to living life to the full again, ever more grateful of the important tribe of people around us. Good times are coming again so indulge yourself in a little dreaming – get the girls involved over Friday night drinks on Zoom and why not plan your ideal WyldeSistas menu.